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for "reliable sources." >>> the latest clash between president obama and the press corps comes not only budget cuts or immigration or guns but over golf. an outing with tiger woods sparks complaints that the president is stiffing the white house press, even as he talks to local tv types and hangs out on google. >> this is not about a trivial issue like a golf game. we don't really care about the president's score. we care about access to the president of the united states, whether as a democrat or a republican. >> does the press have a case or does this amount to whining? for years now we've heard david axelrod and robert gibbs defend their boss. >> well, of course, the pamphlet reflects the ideas that the president is advanced throughout this campaign about where we need to go as a country building on the progress that we made. >> i think you're going to see an exceptionally strong debate performance tonight from the president. i think you'll see somebody who will be strong and passionate and energetic. >> now, they're resurfacing as msnbc commentators. is the network becoming an obama admini
was listening to president obama call for gun control, she had no way of knowing that in a matter of only a few hours, her family would become the latest in chicago to be ripped apart by a gunshot. her 18-year-old sister was shot and killed while walking with friends, one of whom may have been the intended target. cnn's ted rowlands has moran the story. he's joining us now. what are you finding out, ted? >> reporter: well, wolf, it is just another tragic story coming out of chicago. another teenager loses her life. as you mention, a 14-year-old girl who was up on stage with the president, listening to him talk about gun violence, would soon find out that her sister was also shot and killed. when president obama returned to chicago last week to talk about gun violence, 14-year-old destiny warren was one of the high school students standing behind him. a few hours later, destiny's 18-year-old sister was shot and killed in this alley in north chicago. >> all this gun violence that's going on out here, you never think it will be your child. this is the hardest thing for me in my life. >> reporter:
exchange with a senior obama administration official who didn't like what he was reporting. today we learned that that official is gene sperling and we're getting some new insight into that exchange as white house officials are going out of their way to say it's all part of a big misunderstanding. let's bring in our chief white house correspondent jessica yellin. she's been doing some digging, reporting on what's going on. what's the latest, jessica? >> reporter: book woodward and gene sperling had a phone call first and then an e-mail exchange. bob woodward said he felt it was threatening and the white house is saying that is ridiculous and a seener adviser, david pluf, is sort of mocking bob wood ward sending out a tweet comparing him to an aging sports star. watching woodward the last few days is like watching mike schmidt facing live pitching again. perfection gained once is repeated. ouch. here's what the drama is all about. an intimidating threat or a friendly exchange between a reporter and a white house official? >> they are not happy at all. >> reporter: at issue, a spat ove
to acknowledge the controversial drone program when he became the obama administration's chief spokesperson. here's what he told msnbc. >> i think in many ways what the president has seen. i think what the president has seen is our denial of the existence of the program, when it's obviously happening, undermines the people's confidence overall in the decisions their government makes. >> the administration did not formally acknowledge the program that's terrorized countries like pakistan and yemen until last april. >>> everyone in the entertainment world and, of course, outside the entertainment world are talking about argo today. the surprise was not that the film won three, including best picture, it was the music celebrating the movies. here's nischelle turner with the highlights. >>> the oscars definitely had something for everyone. there was definitely music. there were some mishaps. there were lots of memorable moments. >> and now for the moment we have all been waiting for. >> first lady michelle obama gave the oscars a jolt of excitement and a huge surprise when she appeared from the white
ceremony at the vatican. actually, i can't wait. chris cuomo, thank you. >>> president obama plans to get tough with congress in his state of the union speech on jobs, economy, and the middle class. should the president use his bully pulpit more? it's our talk back question today. max has a nice little tra, you see, c-max helps you load your freight, with its foot-activated lift gate. but that's not all you'll see, cause c-max also beats prius v, with better mpg. say hi to the all-new 47 combined mpg c-max hybrid. do you guys ride? well... no. sometimes, yeah. yes. well, if you know anybody else who also rides, send them here -- we got great coverage. it's not like bikers love their bikes more than life itself. i doubt anyone will even notice. leading the pack in motorcycle insurance. now, that's progressive. call or click today. aarrggh! >>> now your chance to talk back on one of the top stories of the day. your question, should president obama use his bully pulpit more? don't expect tea and roses on president obama's state of the union speech. he'll come out swinging on jobs, the econom
the government and the economy? we're also looking into why president obama was completely unaware, supposedly, that several hundred illegal immigrants already have been freed because of the forced spending cuts? and i'll ask new york city mayor's michael bloomberg if he'll run for president in 2016. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >> let's begin today with the rally on wall street. major gains that can affect your retirement savings and more. dow jones industrials completely erased a steep drop earlier in the week. let's go live to felicia taylor in new york. what happened, felicia? >> ben bernanke in his testimony in washington basically saying that we are going to see quantitative easing through 2016. that's what the market is focused on. yes, we've got better than expected numbers on manufacturing and home sales but when they heard that ben bernanke still believes we aren't going to see unemployment drop to 6.5% until 2016, that means stimulus measures are going to be in place and that's what wall street wants to hear. wo wolf? >> the 14,060, the market had collapsed in 2
, for the moment we have all been waiting for -- >> reporter: first lady michelle obama gave the oscars a jolt of excitement and a huge surprise, when she appeared from the white house to announce the night's biggest prize, best picture. >> and the oscar goes to "argo." >> reporter: it was an especially sweet victory for ben affleck, who wasn't nominated for directing the hostage thriller. "life of pi" based on the best-selling novel, about a boy at sea, won best director for ang lee. >> thank you, academy. >> reporter: he played one of the greatest presidents in history. and lincoln's leading man, daniel day-lewis, made history of his own, becoming the first male actor to win three oscars. >> so grateful to the academy for this beautiful honor. >> reporter: she took a tumble heading to the stage. but everyone else was on their feet when "silver lining playbook's" jennifer lawrence won best actress. host seth macfarlane struck a cheeky tone, securing stars and poking fun at himself. >> seth macfarlane, worst oscar host? it's that bad? >> reporter: music was the theme of the night. and the show
to grow that access and and one of the things that obama care does is grow that access. we have to build that system. we will leave it there. >> i have to go. come back, again, all of you. thank you. >>> and thank you for watching "state of the union." i'm candy crowley in washington. head to cnn.com/sotu for analysis and the extras. if you missed any part of today's show, find us on itunes. just search state of the union. fareed zakaria "gps" is next for our viewers here in the united states. >>> this is "gps the global public square." welcome to all of you in the united states and around the world, i'm fareed zakaria. >>> it's oscar time. the annual academy awards. many of the nominated films have raised crucial issues about american foreign policy, from the war against al qaeda to the efficacy of torture to our policy against iran. we will talk about these issues confronting us in real life with a panel including the former director of the cia michael hayden. also, iran might be moving toward a nuclear weapon but it seems to be coming apart internally with political infighting that ma
doubled under president obama but should he take any credit for it. >>> landing in political trouble, legal troubles may be ahead. >>> if you're among the millions who watch the super bowl just for the commercials, we'll point out the controversial ones you won't want to miss. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in the situation room. today wall street reached a milestone we haven't seen in years. for the first time since 2007, the dow jones industrial average climbed above the 14,000 mark. the average has more than doubled since bottoming out at 6547, 6,547 just after president obama took office back in 2009. let's get quickly to alison kosik. she's at the new york stock exchange. it's just above 14,000, alison. >> it is. what's interesting, as we see the dow cross over 14 thourk for the first time in five years, believe it or not, not everybody thinks it's a big deal. some people say it's a nice round number that we like to talk about and others say, yes, it is a milestone after the economy pretty much fell to pieces. now this is a sign that things are finally come canning back. remember this
are draconian, the rules will simply make it be effective. >> to hear president obama tell it the sky will fall when the forced spending cuts kick in. so is the white house hyping the impact or not? we'll talk about that and more when we come back. chances are, you're not made of money, so don't overpay for motorcycle insurance. geico, see how much you could save. [ slap! ] [ slap! slap! slap! slap! ] ow! ow! [ male announcer ] your favorite foods fighting you? fight back fast with tums. calcium-rich tums starts working so fast you'll forget you had heartburn. ♪ tum tum tum tum tums [ male announcer ] engine light on? come to meineke now for a free code scan read and you'll say...my money. my choice. my meineke. >>> president obama clearly wants all of us to be very worried about the budget axe that is about to fall. he warns that a lot of people will lose their jobs if forced spending cuts are allowed to take effect days from now. and says that many more americans will suffer at least in some way. listen to a make mash-up of his latest attempt to light a fire under congress. >> meat cleaver
for this one. >>> an about-face involving obama care. remember when religious groups were up in arms about a contraception mandate? we talked so much about that. suddenly now a compromise. how this impacts you. next. w! oil changes at meineke are always a great deal. then you're going to love this. right now they're only $14.95! wow-a grt deal just got a whole lot better. hurry. $14.95 won't last. >>> just in to me here at cnn, we're learning why an alaskan airlines pilot passed out midflight. the plane was taking off from los angeles last night. i want to go to renee more, in washington. renee, before we get to what doctors are saying about this, give met back story. >> that's right. you know, this is -- imagine being on this plane, so scary to hear the details here. the flight was midair when the pilot essentially passed out. there were 116 people on the plane and five crew members as well. again, that plane now because the pilot passed out had to make an emergency landing at portland international airport in oregon. at that point when that pilot passed out, we understand that the co-pil
beyonce took center stage at president obama's inauguration. and the rockets' red glare >> reporter: and chose not to sing live but to a prerecorded track of her voice performing the national anthem. critics wondered why when other performers that day sang live. >> due to the weather, due to the delay, due to no proper sound check, i did not feel comfortable taking a risk. >> reporter: so what does she do now? two weeks later standing in the spotlight once again. ♪ >> reporter: backed by an all girl band, the singing superstar seemed to silence her critics by tearing through her biggest hits, including "crazy in love" and "baby boy." when her former destiny's child members, kelly roland and michelle williams, joined her, super bowl watchers from new york to l.a. dance ed and sang along with "b." by the reaction, lip sync gate is all but forgotten. >> she was phenomenal. >> reporter: you thought so? >> absolutely phenomenal. for someone singing live, that was amazing. >> she fell down after inauguration, but she came up and made up for it. can't be mad no more. it's over. she threw
dress up like a mailman. >>> president obama bailed out the auto industry to save michigan. what about the city of detroit? does it deserve a federal bailout, too? it's billions of dollars in debt, losing its tax base and today detroit is one step closer to declaring bankruptcy which would make it the largest municipality, municipal bankruptcy in u.s. history. back to the idea of the federal government bailing out detroit. such a thing is not unprecedented. mark binelli from "rolling stone" points out "when new york teetered on the brink of bankruptcy in the 1970s it was famously told in the headline of the daily news to "drop dead" but president gerald r. ford changed his mind and dumped out $2.3 billion in 1975 in federal loans. that was a lot of money. mark binelli is author of "detroit city: the place to be, the afterlife of an american metropol metropolis" and in detroit mark wolf. tom i want to start with you, the reason we're doing the story is because the state of michigan says detroit is on the verge of collapse. help us understand what's happening now. >> what's happened over
be a threat? also in a few minutes u.s. senate expected to vote on chuck hagel president obama's controversial nominee for defense secretary. we'll bring to it live. more on what's going on in egypt right now. a holt air balloon carrying lots of tourists explodes and plummets to the ground. we're finding out how this could happen. we're going live to egypt. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> we begin with the huge winter storm, the national weather service is now calling historic. cities like amarillo, texas, wichita, kansas have broken snowfall records. 45 million in 21 states are being affected one way or another. the storm is blamed for at least three deaths. look at this. it's even dangerous after the storm blows away. in kansas city, the heavy wet snow is causing roofs to collapse. nobody was hurt in this building. but the snow is also bringing down tree limbs on to power lines. in kansas city thousands of people are reported without power. george, what's going on? >> reporter: this is par for the course here in the midwest. this is the second time in a week that this r
of florida is going to give the gop response to obama's state of the union address next week. the whole country watches you, you're in the center of attention, time to shine for a much talk about potential 2016 presidential candidate. here's the problem. it hasn't always been a shining moment for rising stars in the past. david frum joins me along with rosa brooks. former deputy assistant secretary of defense in the obama administration. i'm sorry, this just made me chuckle. david, i started thinking back to bobby jindal in 2009. panned by democrats and republicans alike. people were so nasty. they were picking on the way he walked out to the podium. it was pretty harsh. "the new york times" headline the next day was governor jindal rising star plummets after speech. is this too dangerous for a rising star to take on? >> well, these are big opportunities and there's always a chance of recovery. let's not forget one of the most universally condemned speech of recent times was bill clinton's keynote speech at the 1988 democratic convention when he got a big round of applause when he said
the piece about automatic spending cuts, but it was not fair to suggest that president obama's only approach was tax hikes on the wealthy. the white house has proposed constructive changes for spending levels and entitlement programs. good for brooks for admitting his mistake, but it should have been called a correction, not a post script. >>> and this was appalling, bob beckel speaking dismissively of the serious crime of rape. >> raped on campus -- >> what are you talking about? rampant. >> it's rampant? >> rapes on campus? >> where? >> in particular date rape on campus. >> take a gun out and shoot your date? >> maybe you should. >> beckel has since apologized making light of campus rape, including date rape. it was an emotional return for robin roberts, six months after the bone marrow transplant that forced her to take a medical leave from abc and it was obvious she relished being back. >> hi, it's robin, and i have been waiting 174 days to say this, good morning america. i keep pinching myself. this is actually happening. >> good morning america, and welcome back robin. >> robi
hill. for a short time today, protesters actually shut down today's hearing for president obama's nominee to run the cia. and iran is posting video, it claims, was decoded from a captured u.s. drone. the man president obama wants to run the cia is getting grilled right now at his confirmation hearing. john brennan is getting hardball questions about targeting terrorist ares and whether he supported the cia's enhanced interrogation techniques, including waterboarding. we're going to have a full rourp on that and all of the day's other news right after this. officemax is celebrating our new collaboration with go daddy! with an online package including: domain name, website builder with five pages and basic email just $49.99! that's up to 76 percent below online providers and only at officemax stores! [ male announcer ] when we built the cadillac ats from the ground up to be the world's best sport sedan... ♪ ...people noticed. ♪ the all-new cadillac ats -- 2013 north american car of the year. ♪ for a limited time, take advantage of this exceptional offer on the all-new cadill
of the story coming up later, barbara. thanks very much into here in washington, president obama is doing an end around the national press today. he's taking questions from local tv stations, blaming congress for doing nothing to avoid these forced spending cuts scheduled to take effect in just nine days. so what kind of cuts is the president willing to take? jim acosta confronted the white house press secretary today with that question. jim is joining us now. how did it go? >> reporter: wolf, here we go again. the white house and congress move one day closer to the massive forced spending cuts that go into effect at the end of next week. and even though they both agree it's a problem, they are both busy blaming each other to fix it. the white house sounding the alarm. poor children will be tossed out of classrooms, health services will be slashed, border security will be compromised and the economy will take a hit if forced budgets cuts begin to happen on march 1st and the obama administration says republicans will be to blame. >> the pleas that the republicans are making are throw these
, by the obama administration, now what it says the memo justifies the targeted killing of an american who is considered a senior operational leader of al qaeda or an associated group, and who poses an imminent threat of violent attack against the united states. want to bring in halle goran any. a controversial issue, under president bush, now president obama. the fact that the government does have the power, and the authority, to kill an american overseas that's considered a threat. and how do they define that? >> that's the question because when you say imminent, it could be imminent in a few hours, in a few weeks, saying you can target a member of al qaeda, senior operational al qaeda leader, or associated forces. how are you defining associated forces? how are you defining the word imminent? how are you defining the word threat? all of these things are things that are open to interpretation and has civil liberties groups, as well, worried about what this means as far as the u.s., executive powers authority to decide, based on kind of unclear, sometimes, terms in terms how they're defin
controversy on how the obama administration is responding this morning. >> it's thursday, february 28th. and "starting point" begins right now. >>> welcome, everybody. our starting point this morning, the final hours of the sitting pope, the leader of the world's 1.2 billion catholics will officially retire in seven hours. right now we're awaiting a news conference from the vatican. the spokesman will hold that news conference and we'll bring that to you when it happens. earlier this morning pope benedict xvi met with more than 100 cardinals. they'll be the ones who will be choosing his replacement. he had a message for them. he'll share that in just a moment. here's how pope benedict xvi plans to spend the final hours of his papacy. at 10:45 a.m. eastern time he'll leave the vatican resident by helicopter and land a half an hour later at castel gandolfo, the papal summer residence. at 11:30 a.m., the pope is expected to appear at his balcony to say a final farewell to his followers. 2:00 p.m. this afternoon, pope benedict xvi will no longer be pope and st. peter's throne will be offici
days now away from those forced spending cuts. $85 billion in cuts this year. and president obama has been pushing house republicans to come up with a plan. meanwhile, we're getting warnings about what to expect if those cuts take place. >> flights to major cities like new york, chicago, and san francisco and others could experience delays of up to 90 minutes during peak hours because we have fewer controllers on staff. delays in these major airports will ripple across the country. >> we talked about new york, chicago, and san francisco, but it's not just the big airports that will have to scale back. smaller airports across the country could be forced to close. the transportation department could close control towers at as men as 100 small airports. >>> now to the latest on lance armstrong. you know, the department of justice is set to now join a lawsuit against the disgraced cycling star. armstrong admitted to using performance enhancing drugs when he won those seven tour de france titles. now the suit centers on the fact that armstrong rode for the postal service team. it alleges t
yt. >>> with just five days to go until automatic spending cuts kick in, the obama administration is ratcheting up spending about aircraft carriers that can't make it to the persian gulf. if you're flying anywhere in the next month or so, the transportation secretary warns you should brace for more flight delays and longer wait lines at security checkpoints. secretary lahood joins me now. thank you for being here to talk about this. >> good morning. >> as far as we can figure out, the faa budget, we're not even talking about the transportation, is about $15 billion, give or take. they'll have to cut $16 million, about 4%. why is that enough to cause planes to be delayed for an hour and a half? there should be must be things inside the faa budget where can you get rid of 4%. >> wire going to do that. we have been spending the last several months looking at and we will really focus on this now, every contract to see what penalties we might have to cut. we'll look at everything we possibly can to get to where we need to be, which is about $600 million in cuts. we can't do it without
want to be vindictive, that this is now about president obama and that in the end if they continue this, they will look petty, as one source put it. >> and i just want to be precise, dana bash, this vote is still continuing. we don't know if the vote has failed or succeeded or what's going on. but we assume that there aren't -- what you're hearing is that there aren't probably five republicans who will join 55 democrats in breaking this filibuster? >> reporter: that's right. going in, the democrats did not think that they had the 60 votes and we could only potentially find three republicans who were going to agree to stop this filibuster but we probably will see this any minute. the vote is technically over but sometimes they have to wait for senators to come in to cast their votes. one thing i will say, though, is we were talking about the fact that probably hagel will be confirmed after the senators come back from a week-long recess. at this point i'm a little bit gun-shy. i wouldn't even take that to the bank and the reason is because we've seen this before. i had several republican
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